**praying for Boston today. As a marathoner (who will likely never be fast enough for Boston) I somehow feel this on a personal level. I can only imagine finishing a marathon and having a bomb explode. Sometimes here in Djibouti at the end of the half-marathon, punks throw plastic bottles filled with urine at finishers. As awful as it is, I would choose that over a bomb any day. The photos and news make me want to run another marathon, hadn’t felt that in a while.**

**also…praying for Mogadishu today. As a person who has lived in Somalia, I somehow feel this on a personal level. I can only imagine being in court and having a bomb explode. Not sure that the photos and news of this story make me want to go there, but I can’t ignore it. Two dozen dead. Oh for mercy and justice to rain down on all sides of this planet.**

This week for the Let’s Talk about Hijab series, I simply want to send you around the web to discover a sliver of what is out there, by Muslim women, about hijab. There is seemingly no limit to the amount of stories, information, and varied perspectives. I think it is safe to say that there is clearly no one-size fits all style or conviction about hijab.

Lovely, stylish women at the school parade

Lovely, stylish women at the school parade


  • Minnie Detwa, the girl with the elephant in the room. When a Muslim chooses to remove the hijab.
  • Hotchpotch Hijabi in Italy, Ummah Beware, its the ‘H’ Word, changing the emphasis from outer to inner hijab.
  • Love, InshAllah, Hijab: A Love Story, a woman’s on-again, off-again relationship with hijab. (I read this book Love, InshAllah, last year. Good insights. Here’s a blurb from the website: “Love Inshallah [goes] to a place where few, if any, books have gone before. Lesbians, co-wives, converts to Islam, Shia, Sunni, black, brown and white: every voice is unique. Collectively, they sing of strength, passion and love. One can’t help but to sit back and listen, captivated. – Samina Ali, award winning author of Madras on Rainy Days”
  • Amal Awad at Aquila-Style, Perspectives on Muslim Feminism, on striving for the empowerment of women.


The hijab series will wrap up in a few weeks with a couple of fantastic bloggers. Are there topics or questions you would still like to see addressed?


Other Posts in the series:

Let’s Talk about Hijab

Why Doesn’t Your Wife Wear Hijab? by Anita Dualeh

Hijab: Definitions

Hijab: the Universal Struggle by Pari Ali

Asking the Right Questions by Afia R. Fitriati

Through the Eyes of Children by J.R. Goodeau

Rethinking the Veil by Marilyn Gardner

The Thousand Stories of Hijab, by Chaltu Berentu, a video via The Poet Nation